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Galveston open after Hurricane Laura, joins Louisiana relief effort

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The Port of Galveston is open for business following Hurricane Laura and is assisting hard-hit Louisiana.

'We have an exceptional emergency response team that worked diligently with the US Coast Guard to assure the safety of the port’s property and its people. We were ready to resume operations immediately following the captain of the port declaring it safe to do so. All port business activities are running normal at this time,' CEO and Port Director Rodger Rees said Friday.

Terminals fully operational

Currently, all terminals are open and fully operational with several ships scheduled to call at the port this weekend including a grain and wind ship. Additionally, four lay ships are scheduled to berth for short-term services, such as supplies and inspections.

The port ceased all operations on Tuesday afternoon due to heavy weather conditions from Hurricane Laura that  were expected to impact the immediate area. The port remained fully closed on Wednesday and reopened partially at noon on Thursday to allow tenants and users to inspect their facilities. Friday morning the port was open for business as usual.

Donations for Lake Charles, Louisiana

Friday morning also brought about an additional operation for the port team — lending a helping hand to neighbors affected by Hurricane Laura. The port joined the Lighthouse Family Church relief effort by collecting donations of items such as water, food, clothing, toiletries and other essential items.

Donations will be loaded onto the Lighthouse Family Church truck beginning Saturday afternoon and transported to Lake Charles, Louisiana, at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday.

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